Far from home but still a natural delight; the Waikato river near Huka Falls in New Zealand on a foggy autumn morning.
|Huka Falls rapids captured at 1/8000th of second to freeze every wave and drop in place. It was quite tricky to get the exposure right bu Mr Photoshop helped.|
|Eastern Water Dragons (genus Physignathus) are common around the lake edge, sunning themselves close to the water for easy escape from predators like Whistling Kites or White-Bellied Sea eagles.|
|Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) are not uncommon around here in the rivers. This one just appeared below me one day when I was wandering the banks of the MacAlister River looking for birds. A quick photo and then he was gone.|
|Rainbow Lorikeets (Tricholossus haemotodus) are plentiful when the flowering gums are out and top up on the Grevillias in our garden, planted there to attract native honeyeaters.|
|This immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus Toquatus) appeared one morning scavenging breadcrumbs from the breakfast we'd just finished on the deck.|
|Spotted Harriers (Circus assimilis) are one of the 6-7 raptors commonly seen around here, working the paddocks for rodents and other morsels.|
|Standing waves in a stream flowing left to right. The waves here are about the height of the "mountain" (ie the weir wall) but atmospheric waves might be 3-5 times the mountain height.|
Star trails looking towards the South Celestial Pole. Shot out of my dining room window with an EOS60D with 18mm lens at 1600 ISO, 5 seconds exposure at 2 minute intervals then stacked with StarStax. The blue colours indicate young stars.